The other five winners of the nomination contest were three incumbents — Sens. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden), Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) and Phil Baruth (D/P-Chittenden) — former state representative Kesha Ram, and South Burlington City Councilor Thomas Chittenden.
Both Pearson and Heston picked up votes during the recount, though in the end, Heston fell 28 short: 11,782 to Pearson's 11,810.
Heston said she was pleased with the result because the recount process narrowed the gap between the two candidates and identified some issues to be resolved before the general election.
For instance, the hand-counting process confirmed votes that the tabulator machine had rejected for something such as a bubble that was not completely filled in, Heston said.
Heston said she called Pearson to congratulate him on Wednesday, and on Twitter, Pearson did the same.
"June and her supporters have every reason to be proud. Congrats on running such a strong race during challenging times!" he wrote.